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Old 10-11-2002, 12:30 AM   #1
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Pros and Cons to removing the Resonator?

What are the pros and cons to removing the resonator on a C32? What performance and audible differences would I notice if I removed the resonator?

Roozy is taking it off of his C32, and he is trying to talk me into doing it on mine.
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Old 10-11-2002, 02:19 AM   #2
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I just had it removed last week. I asked my mechanic prior to taking it off what's the use of the resonator and will it affect the car in any manner. My mechanic said the resonator's main function is to reduce the noise of the exhaust, removing it will make the car sound louder. Since we have a pretty big AMG exhaust, it will not be "very" loud.

After I removed the resonator, I noticed the car sounds "deeper", not louder. Pretty close to my ex-CLK430's "V8" sound. I like this non-resonator sound way better than before. I would recommend you to remove it too, John! :p
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Old 10-11-2002, 02:42 AM   #3
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I just had it removed last week.
Mechanic from your Mercedes benz dealer? Did you pay for it?
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Old 10-11-2002, 08:38 AM   #4
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harris do you have pics? before/after whatever
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I had mine removed 2 weeks ago too,, I really like the sound of it!

I will try to post a video clip as soon as I get my car back from the dealer!
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Old 10-11-2002, 03:15 PM   #6
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Mechanic from your Mercedes benz dealer? Did you pay for it?
Oh no, mechanics from MB will not do that for us! Its the same mechanic that installed my Evosport Sway Bars....since the car is jacked up, mind as well do everything at one time!
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harris do you have pics? before/after whatever
Sorry, I dont.
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How is the sound at cruise speeds for long periods of time? These resonators are used to cut down on the droaning noises at cruise.
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i think the car will basicallly sound like the SLK32. I remember someone said that the SLK32 doesn't have the resonator.
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lol

slk32 has a resonator, every car does.
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Re: lol

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slk32 has a resonator, every car does.
oh well, then i heard wrong
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Ok, so removing the resonators will give an ML 63 a deeper exhaust sound, but how about performance, any increase? And is it better to remove them and put new high performance mufflers on?
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Here's a pic, pls go to post #21

Want to share close ups of LET HE and Headers

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harris do you have pics? before/after whatever
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I only got a clip of my car from outside, but this should give you an idea how it sounds. I love it with no resonator.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8njdGKjgrI

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How is the sound at cruise speeds for long periods of time? These resonators are used to cut down on the droaning noises at cruise.
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Removing the resonator will defenetly reduce weight! That thing is pretty heavy.
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Ok, so removing the resonators will give an ML 63 a deeper exhaust sound, but how about performance, any increase? And is it better to remove them and put new high performance mufflers on?
performance gain is little to none. it's mostly for sound. you loose the lbs off the resonator tho, so it counts as a little weight saving.

to get performance gain you can put a performance muffler on it say Brabus or Carlsson or Supersprint etc, but I think your AMG muffler is very good already.
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no regrest here

it sounds awesome! I wish it was just a tad louder....

FrankW: I've seen you a couple times around Rowland heights =) Nice car!
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no regrest here

it sounds awesome! I wish it was just a tad louder....

FrankW: I've seen you a couple times around Rowland heights =) Nice car!
flag me down next time so i can check out those MEs.
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i say do it, cheapest, best mod i have done thus far. From my understanding no added performance, just a nicer sound. I have however noticed a little bit of a drone in the 2500k-3k RPM, that causes a rattle somewhere in the back seat area.
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i say do it, cheapest, best mod i have done thus far.

Thats correct. Did it a few months back, and i dont regret it.
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is it possible to remove the resonator and replace it with an aftermarket resonator? if so what do i look for?

sorry guys, still a newbie
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I removed the resonator and the secondary cats, but I have a C43. I removed the resonator first and it definitely made it a little louder and deeper tone almost no difference in power. The biggest difference was when I removed the secondary cats..... There was a little extra power, just a little, but the tone of the exhaust was changed to a more throaty less refined tone but only when I really get on it, cruising around 2k-3k it's almost the same as stock but at WOT WOWOWOWOWOWOW the beast is UNLEASHED!!!! I am willing to bet the outcome will be basically the same when removing the resonator or secondary cats on any MB, the sound will change but the power is will remain almost the same. I recommend it to anyone who wants their car to growl not for the guy who's looking to add HP....
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is it possible to remove the resonator and replace it with an aftermarket resonator? if so what do i look for?

sorry guys, still a newbie
Whoa! Dug up an 8 year old thread!

Questions is: Why? Just ditch the resonator and you will be happier.
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No Cons...just do it.
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ditch the resonator, cut the secondary cats off, replace the h pipe with a magnaflow x pipe and enjoy the new sound
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